IIHS Top Safety Pick List Includes 39 Vehicles

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety just announced its 2014 list of vehicles receiving the highly touted award for which the organization is known. In all, 39 vehicles made the cut, with 22 of them earning the IIHS’s highest award, TOP SAFETY PICK+. The remaining 17 vehicles earned the TOP SAFETY PICK mark.

According to IIHS, “TOP SAFETY PICK requires good performance in the Institute’s moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests and, for the first time, good or acceptable performance in the small overlap front test introduced in 2012. The same level of performance in those tests, along with at least a basic rating for front crash prevention, is required for the higher accolade, TOP SAFETY PICK+.”

With the changes to the criteria, the number of TOP SAFETY PICK+ and TOP SAFETY PICK winners falls from a combined 130 at the time of the initial announcement of 2013 winners to 39 for 2014. Vehicles that have fallen off the list have less than acceptable ratings for small overlap protection or they haven’t been tested yet. All models that made it to the 2013 winners’ circle continue to offer a high level of protection in four main crash types — moderate overlap front, side, rollover and rear.

Honda/Acura has the most winners of any automaker, with six models earning TOP SAFETY PICK+ and two earning TOP SAFETY PICK.

See the full list of winners below the video:


Small cars
Honda Civic 4-door
Mazda 3 (built after October 2013)
Toyota Prius (built after November 2013)

Midsize moderately priced cars
Ford Fusion
Honda Accord 2-door
Honda Accord 4-door
Mazda 6
Subaru Legacy
Subaru Outback

Midsize luxury/near-luxury cars
Infiniti Q50
Lincoln MKZ
Volvo S60

Large luxury cars
Acura RLX
Volvo S80

Small SUVs
Mazda CX-5 (built after October 2013)
Mitsubishi Outlander
Subaru Forester

Midsize SUV
Toyota Highlander

Midsize luxury SUVs
Acura MDX
Mercedes-Benz M-Class (built after August 2013)
Volvo XC60

Honda Odyssey

Except for the Volvo S60, S80 and XC60 and the hybrid version of the Honda Civic 4-door, vehicles listed under TOP SAFETY PICK+ qualify for that award only when equipped with optional front crash prevention. Front crash prevention isn’t available on nonhybrid versions of the Civic.


Chevrolet Spark

Small cars
Dodge Dart
Ford Focus
Honda Civic 2-door
Hyundai Elantra
Scion tC
Subaru Impreza
Subaru XV Crosstrek

Midsize moderately priced cars
Chrysler 200 4-door
Dodge Avenger
Kia Optima
Nissan Altima
Toyota Camry (built after December 2013)
Volkswagen Passat

Midsize luxury/near-luxury car
Acura TL

Small SUV
Mitsubushi Outlander Sport

Midsize luxury SUV
Volvo XC90

[Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety]